Patrol: Fatal crash may have been intentional

Springfield man killed on I-70 Monday

Staff report

A Springfield man was killed Monday after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 in Madison County.

The single-vehicle wreck may have been an intentional act by the driver, according to Lt. Jacob Pyles of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s West Jefferson post.

Wallace Ratliff, 62, of Springfield, was driving east in the westbound lanes of the interstate near milepost 73, near the State Route 56 exit, in a 1997 Ford Explorer. At about 7:30 p.m., he went off the north side of the road and struck the pillar of an overpass.

The SUV was stopped by the pillar, authorities noted.

Madison County Coroner Dr. James Kaehr pronounced Ratliff, the only passenger in the vehicle, dead at the scene.

Ratliff was not wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected at this time, but authorities will know for sure following a toxicology report, Pyles said.

“We do not believe the crash was a medical emergency,” Pyles said. “At this time, we are looking into the possibility that this was an intentional act by the driver.”

The speed of the crash remains under investigation.

The right two lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours.

In the addition to the patrol, agencies providing mutual aid include London Fire Department, Pleasant Township EMS, Madison County EMD and Ohio Department of Transportation.
Springfield man killed on I-70 Monday

Staff report